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  • Japan's Mount Fuji (AFP)

    Around this time each year, millions of Americans are enjoying a three-day weekend heading into Memorial Day.

    It’s one of just 10 national holidays for a country that prides itself on a world-renowned work ethic.

    But in Japan, the government just unveiled its 16th national holiday. Does that make Japan a holiday-happy nation compared with the U.S.? Not exactly.

    Officially beginning on Aug. 11, 2016, Mountain Day was ostensibly created to recognize Japan’s culturally significant mountainous regions. But The Diplomat reports that the holiday was actually most likely created to put a dent in Japan’s “overworked” population, which largely refuses to use its government protected vacation time. A recent Wall Street Journal article says the average Japanese worker only uses 8.6 of his or her paid vacation days each year.

    "In Japan, there is of course paid vacation, but people don't take it," Seishiro Eto, a member of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, which led support for the new holiday,

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  • When Andrew Ballard shot this footage while fishing with his father on Lake Michigan, the looming fog bank could almost have been mistaken for an iceberg or the "wall" from "Game of Thrones."

    In his stunning clip, the massive fog edges closer and closer until it nearly envelopes the small boat.  Ballard told Storyful that he and his dad saw the fog in the distance and decided to stick around to check out the weather phenomenon — "advection fog" — up close.

    Ballard told the Detroit News that the wind picked up to about 20 mph once they were inside the fog bank. "The waves got bigger and the temperature really dropped. Visibility dropped to about 30 feet, and you lost direction.”

    Advection fog occurs when moist and warm air slides atop cold land or water, according to the Weather Channel. Meterologist Deb Elliott told the Detroit News the fog can be "very thick and extensive; if they were swallowed up in it, the ir visibility could drop to almost zero.”

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  • How this man became immortalized in a $22.5M Norman Rockwell painting

    Sherman Safford spoke about posing for the iconic painting

    You probably wouldn't recognize him if you passed him on the street, but Sherman Safford is a work of art. As an 18-year-old, he modeled for one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century — "The Rookie" by Norman Rockwell.

    Safford, now considerably older than he was when he posed for the painting in 1957, spoke with Lee Cowan of CBS News about working with the iconic American painter and how he happened to be chosen.

    The painting features a collection of veteran Boston Red Sox players hanging out in their locker room as a rookie with a naive smile approaches. Safford played the gangly greenhorn and told CBS News that he was recruited for the painting while standing in line at his high school cafeteria.

    Safford said he spotted a pipe-smoking Rockwell sitting at a nearby table.

    "I knew he had to be somebody; nobody smoked in that building," Safford joked.

    Rockwell ending up paying Safford $120 to pose for the painting, which wound up on the cover of a 1957 edition of the Saturday

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  • Special Report: Why Ukraine's revolution remains unfinished

    By Richard Woods (Note: Contains language readers may find offensive in paragraph 12 of section headed 'FEB 21: THE DOWNFALL') KIEV (Reuters) - In the afternoon of February 20, after the morning’s dead had been cleared away, Volodymyr Melnychuk arrived outside Kiev’s October palace. Below lay Independence Square, or Maidan, covered in protesters’ camps and scarred with barricades and the detritus of battle. In fierce clashes that morning scores of protesters and government forces had been killed. A bullet hit him as he stood next to his partner of 13 years, Maria Kvyatkovska.

  • Oil prices slide as US crude reserves surge
    Oil prices slide as US crude reserves surge

    London (AFP) - World oil prices hit reverse Wednesday following news of surging stockpiles in top consumer the United States, with additional selling pressure from the stronger dollar.

  • Counterinsurgency expert: Beating ISIS will require U.S. ground troops in Iraq
    Counterinsurgency expert: Beating ISIS will require U.S. ground troops in Iraq

    New book by retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Nagl calls for measured military approach to insurgencies

  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction
    Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.

  • Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital
    Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital

    By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital. The gunman in the parliament building was shot dead, and Harper was safely removed. The killing of the Canadian soldier was the second this week with a possible link to Islamic militants. ...

  • Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell
    Pistorius spends first night in single jail cell

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius spent his first night of a five-year jail term in a single cell in the hospital wing of a prison in the capital, Pretoria, said a prison official.

  • 102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada
    102 Snakes Found in Home in Canada

    Recently a family in Regina, in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, discovered a few small snakes in their basement and called the local wildlife rehab agency.

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